Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

Price: $24,295
Mileage: 28 mpg city/34 highway/30 combined

OK, we realize including the 500 Abarth on this list may be stretching things a bit, but it's simply a blast to drive. Think of a go-kart loaded with safety features. With a backseat that exists in name only, the 500 feels every bit like a two-seater. But, in its Abarth guise, it performs much like a sports car as well. A torque-y 157-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an all-new six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission propel this tidy front-wheel-drive two-door. Another $4,000 gets you the convertible version. Bubbling over with personality, the 500 can be further customized from the studio's (Fiat-speak for “dealership”) accessories store. This asphalt-hugging roller skate is nearly as much fun to drive in urban congestion as it is attacking mountain twisties. And, after all, isn't that what a sports car is all about?